TOPIC: Fracking

Refining Poison: Chevron Refinery ‘Modernization’ Threatens Richmond

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08.28.14 - In mid-July, flames went up again at the Chevron refinery, located in Richmond. While the cause of the fire is unclear, Chevron was quick to calm fears through their friends in the media and claimed that the fire was never a danger to anyone. But there is much to fear. In 2012, a major fire broke out at the same plant, causing over 15,000 Bay Area residents to go to the hospital as smoke filled the air. In the wake of the fire, ongoing protests at the plant, and even the Richmond Mayor coming out against Chevron and making trips down to Central American to create connections with indigenous groups fighting oil companies – Chevron launched an entirely new campaign. Read…

Legislators Who Voted Against Fracking Ban Pocketed Oil Industry Cash

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06.09.14 - Still wondering why the state legislature last week killed a proposed moratorium on fracking even though 68 percent of Californians support the idea? Perhaps it has to do with pay-to-play in Sacramento. According to an analysis by the nonpartisan, Berkeley-based Maplight.org, state senators who voted against the fracking ban legislation — SB 1132 — received, on average, fourteen times as much money from the oil industry in campaign donations during the past four years as those who voted in favor of the ban — a whopping $25,227 versus $1,772. Read…

Free Radical Radio Episode 41: Salinas, ICE, Elliot Rodgers, & Tech-Aided Ecocide

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05.27.14 - Rydra and Doug interview Michael from Direct Action Monterey and also Grime from Salinas, about the recent rioting and police brutality in Salinas. Doug and Rydra deride leftists and the ever present peace police. Bellamy calls in to discuss Elliot Rodgers and fracking absurdity in North Carolina. Rydra rages on labs fucking around with super viruses and slavery at ICE detention centers. Read…

Dangerous Fuel in Our Backyard

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05.13.14 - California is widely regarded as being a leader in the global fight against climate change. But over the past year, the state's reputation for forward-thinking environmentalism has taken a major hit. Last fall, the state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown decided to green-light expansion of the fossil-fuel extraction process known as fracking. And in recent months, we've learned that oil companies are increasingly shipping to California a new type of fracked crude that is raising serious safety concerns, especially for densely populated areas. Read…

Frack to the Future: Interview with Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity on Fracking and Indigenous Resistance

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03.07.14 - As the drought, global climate chaos, and the fallout of industrial capitalism continues to be felt throughout the world, the issue of fracking looms as a potential for mass struggle against resource extraction - especially within California. Across North America, many indigenous groups are already waging various battles over fracking and the removal of resources from their lands. Catching up with the group Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity (SCIS), we asked them their thoughts on the possibilities for deepening and expanding the struggle against fracking and creating links to indigenous people already in the fight. Read…